The Orioles minor league affiliates have put out there rosters and here are a few things of note:
– I though Chris Tillman could have used a little more seasoning at AA but he is with the AAA Tides. Control seems to be an issue and I fear he may struggle a bit at the start of the season.
– As expected, Brad Bergeson will get the 1st start for the Tides and be their “#1 starter”.
– Jeff Fiorentino is back with the Baysox. He’s no longer a prospect but it’s interesting to see him again.
– Troy Patton starts at AA in order to get an opportunity to pitch. He is probably ready for AAA, but his injury last year and the good problem of too many arms at AAA has forced the move.
– Despite going 12-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 145 IP at Bowie last year, Jason Berken starts back at AA Bowie as well.
– As expected Jake Arrieta will start at AA Bowie. Make it a point to see him there while you can.
– Last years #1 pick Brian Matusz will start at high A Frederick.
– Meanwhile, our #1 from 2006, Billy Rowell will start at Frederick after playing there last year.
– Top prospects from the 2008 draft Jerome Hoes and Xavier Avery will start at low A Delmarva.